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Record entries for Wildscreen Panda Awards

Wildscreen, the bi-annual natural history film festival, has received almost 500 entries for its Panda Awards, which are to be given out at a ceremony on October 18 in Bristol, England.
June 19, 2012

Wildscreen, the bi-annual natural history film festival, has received almost 500 entries for its Panda Awards, which are to be given out at a ceremony on October 18 in Bristol, England.

The event this year will see 46 countries competing for what the event calls the “Oscars of the international wildlife filming making industry.” New countries represented for the first time include entries from Bermuda, Egypt, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Slovakia and Zambia, while the festival’s Newcomer Award has received a record 94 entries.

An awards shortlist will be announced in the coming weeks. The Panda Awards are given out during the Wildscreen Festival, which takes place from October 14-19.

“The record numbers of entries this year demonstrates the breadth of talent and enthusiasm across the world, and shows that the natural history film industry is very much alive and kicking,” said Richard Edwards, chief executive of Wildscreen, the not-for-profit organization behind the festival.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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